For those who think they can outhunt the pros, Turkey Fest offers Battle of the Beards, a local hunting competition for youth and adults. Hunters participating in the Battle of the Beards must bag their bird in the same time frame as the celebrity teams and turkeys will be graded under the same system. Turkey's entered must be harvested in Clay, Archer, Jack, Montague or Wichita County.
The winner of the Battle of the Beards and the winner of the World Championship go head-to-head, or on this case, turkey-to-turkey. The winner also get their winning fan with beard and spurs mounted from Braden Cecil's Pioneer Wildlife Studio.
The competition is $10 for adults and $5 for hunters 17-and-under. Official weigh-ins are scheduled for April 19 and 20, noon-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m., at the Chamber of Commerce caboose; and April 21, at 2 p.m. on the courthouse square.